Meal planning and prepping require the right supplies to do it well. By adding these supplies and gadgets in your kitchen, you will love meal planning! Here are 14 Kitchen Products That’ll Make Meal Planning So Much Easier.
In case you’re curious (or in a hurry):
✅ This specific meal planning tool is the most popular with my readers.
An Instant Pot is a must have for meal planning. We’ve had out Instant Pot since November 2016 and use it 2-3 times a week for meals.
Be sure to check out this post with 100 Cheap & Easy Instant Post Dinner Ideas
Good quality sheet pans can be used for baking as well as roasting or cooking in the oven. We use ours 3-5 times a week to roast vegetables, meats, and baking items.
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers have been around since my grandma was baking! We’ve had ours for 10+ years now and I will never go back to a hand mixer!
We use our Ninja Blender 1-2 times a DAY! We use it to make smoothies and any recipe that calls for puree. Ours has an additional food processor and single-serve cups which we use daily.
Be sure to check out 7 Smoothie Recipes for Quick Healthy Meals
Meal planning is a since when you have a large cutting board for chopping all those fruits and veggies! Ours was handmade but this one looks very similar and high quality.
You can’t have a great cutting board without a great knife or knife set. Ours were handed down from my father-in-law (who owned a cafe) so the knives we use are top quality chef knives but this chef knife looks very similar and has good reviews.
Glass Food Containers
Use wide-mouth mason jars to store salads and fruits for the week. I prep kale salads and house salads in advance and store them in these large mason jars until it’s time to eat them. I also like to make fruit salad jars in these small mason jars, which is perfect for the kids to grab for a healthy after-school snack.
To make the most out of meal prep, you will need to invest in some good food storage containers. If you don’t already have some, these are the ones I use (they have lasted our weekly meal prep for 3 years now!) or you could try these (which get good reviews on Amazon).
We use the Easy Lunch Boxes Mini Dippers for items that require small storage containers. They hold up well and are easy to clean!
Invest in a few reusable snack bags so you can reduce your carbon footprint and your grocery bill. We love this brand because they are high quality.
Meal planning and cooking can get messy so protect your clothes from spills with a good apron. Any apron will do but these are super cute! We have a Christmas tradition in our house where everyone wears a holiday apron while baking holiday cookies and the aprons make it fun!
Meal Planning Printables
Lastly, to be the most successful meal planner and cook in your home, grab this bundle of printable meal planning cheat sheets and checklists.
The Meal Planning Bundle includes:
- ONE (1) Cheat Sheet with Dinner Ideas for Mon-Sun (each day is a different meal category to simplify things even more!)
- ONE (1) Detailed Menu Planner Form (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Snacks – Mon-Sun)
- ONE (1) Dinner Only Menu Planner Form (Mon-Sun)
- ONE (1) Cheat Sheet with Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, and Snack Ideas (use as a reference when meal planning)
- ONE (1) Pantry Staples Cheat Sheet (use as Inventory Checklist when making your shopping list)
- ONE (1) Meal Planning Checklist (To-Do list for the beginner meal prep and meal planner)
Get instant access to the only printables you need to master meal planning today!
Now you know what you need in the kitchen to make meal planning, prepping, and cooking so much easier!
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